FARMINGTON — The Aztec baseball team dropped a doubleheader to Belen.
The Tigers fell to the Eagles 11-5 in the opener and lost 7-6 in the second game on Tuesday in Belen.
Aztec head coach Brett Alexander said defensive miscues were the main problem for the Tigers (1-7) in the losses.
"We've got to get back to the drawing board," Alexander said.
Dylan Stinson had a solid outing in the second game for Aztec against the Eagles (7-2), but seven Tiger errors took away any chance of picking up the win.
"It's time to get it cleaned up, or we'll find someone else who can make the plays," Alexander said. "Not to put pressure on the kids, but we're three weeks into the season now. We can't keep making these mistakes."
In the first game, Aztec allowed 10 runs in the first inning and was unable to dig out of the hole.
"We struggled defensively, had some walks and gave up some key hits. That's a recipe for disaster," Alexander said.
The Tigers' season continues on Thursday, when they'll host the Aztec Tiger Invitational.
Aztec will open with Cortez, Colo., at 11:30 a.m.
"I'd like to get some wins. I think the team will feed off of that," Alexander said. "We've had some bad luck, and, if we get a few wins, we can get back on the right track. We also get the chance to play in front our crowd for the first time all year, which will be good for the guys."
Miyamura 6, Kirtland Central 4, 9 innings
The Broncos (0-6) had opportunities to get the victory against the Patriots, but they couldn't find a way to score the winning run in a 6-4 loss in extra innings.
"We out-hit them and had so many chances to win the game. We got the winning run to third base in the seventh and eight innings," KCHS head coach Ron Axworthy said.
Miyamura pulled ahead in the ninth with a pair of unearned runs.
"That was tough to swallow," Axworthy said. "You're basically trying to change the culture and system here. The kids are starting to understand what I expect. They're going out there and competing."
Alex Sanchez threw seven and one-third innings for the Broncos without allowing an earned run after starting pitcher Rashaan Sorrelhorse left the game in the second inning with tightness in his arm.
The Broncos' season will continue Thursday with Taos at the Aztec Tiger Invitational.Joshua Perry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4577. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.